Auburn University launches Engineers Without Borders chapter

Published: Aug 28, 2009 9:51:00 AM
Media Contact: Cheryl Cobb,, 334.844.2220

The Auburn University chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) will hold its inaugural meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 6 p.m. in 1103 Shelby Center. EWB is a service organization that helps create a more stable and prosperous world by addressing people's basic human needs, such as clean water, power, sanitation and education. The newly formed chapter will take on local service projects, as well as projects in the developing world.

Chapter president Andy Todd invites students to come and learn more about EWB and hear local businessman and Auburn engineering alumnus Greg Ryland talk about his experience as a member of the team responsible for the development, design, construction and fundraising for a bridge in Quesimpoco, Bolivia - a potential site for the new organization's first international project.

"Construction of the bridge allowed the residents of communities surrounding Quesimpoco to access the town's medical, dental and school systems," says Todd. "Prior to the completion of this project, the only access during the wet season was via a cage and pulley system. There is much more that needs to be done in this community."

Todd points out that the Auburn chapter is open to any student regardless of major or discipline. "You do not have to be an engineering student to join," he explains. "It takes a variety of skills to make projects happen."

Dubbed the "Blueprint Brigade," by Time Magazine, EWB grew from a handful of members in 2002 to more than 12,000 today. The organization's strength comes from its more than 300 dedicated chapters, including university chapters on 180 campuses in the United States. EWB-USA has more than 350 projects in developing countries around the world and works in partnership with local communities and various nongovernmental organizations.

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